What Was “Essential” and What Wasn’t: The Government Shutdown in Perspective

Mattea Kramer and Jo Comerford TomDispatch http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175761/ On a damp Friday morning 11 days into the government shutdown, a “few dozen” truckers took to the Capital Beltway in a demonstration with the Twitter hashtag #T2SDA (Truckers to Shut Down America).  They wanted to tell lawmakers they were angry, launch an...

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Congressional “Mad Dogs” Render the Powerful Powerless

Ralph Nader Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/03 SHUTDOWN – blared the Washington Post headline. None of the powers-that-be could stop a small faction of Republicans in the House of Representatives from shutting down many federal government operations starting on October 1. Suddenly the powerful Business Roundtable and U.S. Chamber of Commerce are powerless, along...

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New bill seeks to outlaw bulk surveillance, shine light on secret FISA court system

by Sean Hollister The Verge Following public outcry about the US government’s controversial domestic surveillance programs, members of Congress have rushed to propose solutions. Now, four senators have combined a number of those ideas into a single piece of proposed legislation that would prohibit several questionable practices that US government agencies...

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